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>> pelley: an earthquake shakes the house. >> this morning, i woke up, and i said my prayers, as i always do, and i decided, you know. today's the day i'm going to do this. >> pelley: also tonight, donald trump, thin of skin? an impression is created, though, that you like to dish it out, but you can't attack a punch. the pope plays the garden and gets treated like a rock star. and steve hartman with football's toughest yard and a half measured vertically. >> you have heard about, like, the little dog with the big-dog heart. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: as parades go, it was st. patrick's day and thanksgiving rolled into one. thousands lined the sidewalks of new york today for a chance to
see pope francis as he rolled by in the popemobile. but no one wanted to see him more than the parents of an ailing child. they were moved to tears when the pope gave the child his blessing. they're among nearly 20,000 people at madison square garden tonight, where the pope is celebrating mass. and remember this image of the pope yesterday with a very emotional john boehner? well, it has proven to be prophetic. today, the catholic speaker of the house, the highest ranking republican in the nation, announced that after praying about it, he is resigning at the end of next month. in the middle of his third term as speaker. here's congressional correspondent nancy cordes. >> i decided, you know, today's the day i'm going to do this. as simple as that. >> reporter: boehner's decision stunned official washington, from the president. >> i just heard the news as i was coming out of the meeting
here. so it took me by surprise. >> reporter: to democratic leader nancy pelosi ... >> it's seismic for the pows. >> reporter: to boehner's fellow republicans, like wisconsin's paulrian. >> reporter: sir, are you going to run for speaker? >> i am not. >> reporter: why not? >> i don't want to. >> reporter: it's easy to see why. boehner got worn down by four years of fight with his right flank. >> reporter: do you think this is worth shutting the government down over? >> i think this is worth fighting over obamacare, which the american people reject. >> reporter: they dug in their heels on the debt ceiling, obamacare, and funding for planned parenthood. when boehner said those fights were unwinnable, he became the enemy. here's how conservative activists reacted today when senator marco rubio broke the news. >> just a few moments ago speaker boehner announced he will be resigning. >> reporter: since july, a couple dozen conservatives have been pushing for another vote to
unseat boehner, and the contempt is mutual. you used word like "knuckle heads" and probably some other word we can't use on television. >> probably. >> reporter: had you just had enough giwould not describe it as having had enough. that's not it at all. when you're the speaker of the house, your number one responsibility is to the institution, and having a vote like this in the institution, i don't think is very healthy. >> reporter: but won't the next speaker face the same thing? >> hopefully not. >> reporter: the uncertainty worries some republicans like new york's peter king. >> i feel bad for the party that the crazyies have taken over. >> reporter: it could help explain why boehner was so emotional when he met the pope yesterday. >> the pope puts his arm around me and kind of pulls me to him and says, "please, pray for me."
well, who am i to pray for the pope, but i did. >> reporter: conservative groups declared victory today saying boehner stood in the waive their principles and practiced the art of surrender. but the early favorite to replace him, scott, is his chief lieutenant, house majority leader kevin mccarthy. >> pelley: nancy, thanks. and that takes us to john dickerson, our cbs news political director and anchor of "face the nation." john, who is kevin mccarthy? >> reporter: capito well, kevin mccarthy is the house majority leader from bakersfield, california. he was elected in 2006. he's one of the people a lot of of folks i've talked to today are mentioning. he's not as conservative as john boehner but he does have the number two spot which means he has a lot of relationships which gives him the strongest start in the race to replace boehner. >> pelley: and if mccarthy is elected by the membership, what will change? >> reporter: well, maybe not that much. to get elected, he's going to need support from that conservative bloc that john boehner was having trouble with. the next speaker faces basically
the same challenge, whether it's mccarthy or anyone else, from the conservative block who wants the speaker to be more assertive, and if that speaker isn't more assertive they won't support him when means we may be back in the same place in six months. says one boehner apply, "we'll be right back here in the same place," scott. >> pelley: john dickerson, thanks, john. and john will have the only live interview with speaker boehner. that is this sunday on "face the nation." marco rubio, who you just saw in nancy's report, was speaking today at the conservative values voters summit. donald trump, his rival for the republican presidential nomination, said this about rubio: >> you have this clown, marco rubio-- i've been so nice to him. i've been so nice. i've been so nice. and then-- no-- but he was in favor of immigration, and he has been. he has been. it was the gang of eight. >> pelley: the multibillionaire front-runner is harsh on his critics, and we
asked him about that for incident. why so thinskinned? i don't like lies. i don't mind a bad story. if you did a bad story on me for "60 minutes," if it were a fair story, i wouldn't be thinskinned at all. you know, some of the media is among the worst people i've ever met. and i mean a pretty good percentage is really a terrible group of people. they write lies. they write false stories. they know they're false. it makes no difference. and, frankly, i don't call it thinskinned. i'm angry. >> pelley: but a reporter asked you a couple of hard questions the first debate and the whole week after that it's war on that reporter. >> well, i don't think that was a fair question. >> pelley: an impression is created, though, that you like to disk it out but you can't attack a punch. >> oh, i think i can take it. i can take it if it's fair. again, if people say things that are false, which happens a lot with me, if people say things that are false, i will fight like harder than anybody.
fido something wrong-- and that happens-- and they write a fair story that i did something wrong, there's nothing to fight about. i can handle that. i'm a very honorable guy. i don't like lies. >> pelley: on "60 minutes" this sunday, donald trump will talk to us about his tax plan, immigration, and replacing obamacare. and russian president vladimir putin will sit down with charlie rose. it's the 48th season premiere of "60 minutes." we learned today that the obama administration has discovered a chain of e-mails that hillary clinton did not turn over to want state department. they're messages that she changed with general petraeus when he was the head of central command. clinton has said that she turned over all of her work-related e-mails that were housed in her private account. one of the highlights of the pope's visit to new york today was his visit to the national september 11 memorial. he placed a flower at one of the
two waterfalls where the names of the nearly 3,000 victims are etched in bronze. right now, the pope is celebrating mass at madison square garden, and chip reid is there. chip. >> reporter: that's right, scott, he is inside the arena, and the mass has begun. some of those 20,000 faithful inside waited almost all day in line just to get in. this is the last event in what has been a very long day for pope francis. some of the day's most powerful moments came during the pope's visit to the 9/11 memorial where he prayed at the reflecting pool where's the world trade center towers once stood. he met with families of those who lost their lives that day more than 14 years ago. one woman showed francis a mememento, which he then blessed. inside the museum, francis solemnly viewed artifact artifam ground zero, including a bible found in the debris, opened to the passage, "an eye for an
eye." >> bring your peace to our violent war. >> reporter: the pope also spoke at annterfaith service with leaders of other religions, including an imam and rabbi to remember the victims and honor the survivors. "the family members show us their face of pain," he said, "pain that leaves us speechless but that screams to heaven." following his remarks, children with the young people's chorus of new york city, sang a well-known song of hope. ♪ let there be peace on earth >> reporter: at the conclusion of the service, the pope greeted each religious leader individually, in some cases in the manner fitting their religion, such as a bow or a sign made with the hands. saturday morning, the pope will fly to philadelphia, where on sunday, he will celebrate a mass that's expected to attract more than a million people.
scott. >> pelley: chip reid reporting tonight. chip, thank you. the pope follows the words of jesus, "let the little children come to me." in east harmel, a catholic school there, kids were bursting with prield as they told francis what they were studying and they taught him how to use a smart board-- or at least they tried to. they sang to francis as well, to his absolute delight. then it was time for a one-man parade, and elaine quijano has that. elaine. >> reporter: well, scott, well before dawn, hundreds of people began lining up just to see the pope, and when he finally arrived here in central park, that moment for them was electric. central park roared as an estimated 80,000 people cheered pope francis. people of all ages and backgrounds clamored to get a glimpse of the people's pope, including mustapha. >> i could feel him, that he's
going to do something for the whole world. >> reporter: most in the crowd were catholic, but elsa hainy say devout muslim who came to today's event because of the pope's mission to help the poor. he was penniless himself when he came to this country thick years ago. >> he's just a great pope. it makes me cry sometimes when i see him because he just kind of is the man i admire the most. >> reporter: he and his wife, olga, who is catholic, were deeply moved by the pope's visit. >> when he speaks, we don't feel like he speaks only to one faith. we feel like he speaks to all of us. >> reporter: scott, afterwards, we spoke to many people who say they understand fully now why pope francis is considered the people's pope. >> pelley: the pope began his day admonishing world leaders at the year's largest gathering of the heads of state, the u.n. general assembly, and margaret brennan was there. >> reporter: after a warm greeting from world leaders and
dignitaries, pope francis scolded them for an explosion of global violence, particularly in the middle east and africa, conflicts he has likened to world war iii. speaking in his native spanish, francis said the resulting flood of refugees was "a grave summons for world leaders." "human beings," he said "are easily discarded when our only response is to draw up lists of problems, strategies and disagreements." francis also called for less talk, more action, to protect the environment, saying humanity's "selfish and boundless thirst" for money is destroying the earth. the pope used this strong language to try to influence global leaders. scott, a record number of them are expected to gather here at the u.n. in the next few days. >> pelley: margaret brennan reporting tonight. margaret, thank you. tonight, there is an elaborate state dinner at the white house
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is clean diesel just a myth? >> no, clean diesel is not a myth. it is absolutely possible with technologies available today to have a diesel that runs clean on the test and in the real world. >> reporter: new c.e.o. muller says he's going to work to restore trust in volkswagen. scott, his appointment is part of a larger restructuring effort announced today. >> pelley: kris van cleave, thanks, kris. the panda cub at the national zoo in washington got a name today, bay bay, which in mandarin means, "precious treasure." it was chosen by the first ladies of the u.s. and china. both countries have been working for decades on panda conservation. have a look at this little guy. he's ad mole football player, compact model. steve hartman isex nt.
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the pope is going to go on to philadelphia tomorrow, the final stop on his three-city visit to the united states. and we'll end this broadcast tonight with fridays night lights, as light as they come. here's steve hartman "on the road"." >> reporter: of all the great kids at american heritage high school in plantation, florida, the one student who stands above the others is the one who stands below them. 17-year-old senior adam reed is just four foot five. he is spall smallbecause his body can't process growth hormone. >> why are we walking so fast? >> reporter: but in spite of that, or maybe because of that, adam has taken on a most unlikely role here-- football running back. >> it's crazy, but it's true. >> reporter: what made you think you could do it? >> nothing ever told me i couldn't. >> reporter: adam weighs in at about 100 pounds, with the helmet. most of the other guys are at least two times that size, and yet, each and every one of them looks up to adam.
>> he blows away your initial expectations. >> works harder than a lot of people. >> reporter: that's what everybody is saying. >> you have heard about the little dog with the big-dog hart, like a which i wow wow. he doesn't care who is bigger than him. >> reporter: adam works out every day like he's getting ready for the pro bowl, even though when he joined varsity he knew he might never get in a single game. he's fourth string but completely unfazed by it. >> just care for what you do and love what you do and the outcome will be remarkable. >> reporter: which lead us to remarkable. last week, with 20 seconds to go in the game and heritage well ahead, coach mike rumph gave the nod to number two, adam reed. coach told adam to take a dive before he got tackled, and adam completely ignored him. >> he'll get to the second level. he'll get out to the 40-yard line. >> no, i think his idea of-- he was trying to run through
tackles and get to the end zone. >> reporter: coach rumph says he wasn't surprised. here it is again. as you can see, adam picked up five yards on the play, not quite the touchdown he was hoping for, but still everything he dreamed of. >> i feel like i'm out of the ordinary. i just feel like part of the team. and that's how everyone should feel. >> reporter: who needs altitude when you've got his kind of attitude? steve hartman, "on the road,"" in plantation, florida. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley and i'm see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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madison square garden, holding mass and captivating an audience of about 18,000 for his last event in new york city. thank you for joining us. i'm leslie. >> despite a jam packed day from speaking to world leaders and honoring the thousands killed on 9/11. kenneth joins us live in new york city with a look at the emotional day. >> reporter: the pope is very much wrapping up a whirlwind day, a long day in new york city. he's gone from one end of this island to the other. now at madison square garden celebrating mass. pope francis paid silent tribute to the victims at the 9/11 memorial. below ground in the national septr